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CKAN Repository Officer and Programmer at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 200 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and over 1000 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA. IITA is currently looking to fill the vacant position below at its headquarters in Ibadan:

Position: CKAN Repository Officer and Programmer

Location:   Ibadan

Contract:   3-year renewable contract


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Plan, develop and conduct implementation of CKAN that fits into the IITA data infrastructure and information landscape;
  • Develop draft of workflows tor upload, download, harvesting data and connection with databases/platforms, especially SharePoint;
  • Server administration and repair;
  • Serve as collection point of all IITA research output data/metadata;
  • Cataloguing and check of metadata;
  • Check uniqueness of dataset;
  • Assessing need and conducting of a file conversion
  • Filling of missing metadata;
  • Assessing need/usefulness/ability to present the data in a “eye catching” format (map, chart, diagram etc.);
  • Implement customization
  • Programming links to other repositories, especially the python based GeoNode; Give persistent identifier;
  • Inform interested data users;
  • Managing content of legacy data;
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.


The ideal candidate must have:

  • Good analytical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good training and facilitation skills
  • Willingness to share all relevant information with colleagues and users pro-actively at the right time; to show flexibility, respect, friendliness and openness in cooperation; to show ability to compromise


MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics and any other related field with minimum of 4 years of experience performing similar role in a structured organization.


We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Method of Application:

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website; http://www.iita.org/careers no later than 4th May 2016. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.


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